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Scooter!: The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Story Hardcover – November 15, 2019 by Tommy Thomason (Author)

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What about chapter 1? Comprehensive design evolution? alternative designs? competitive designs from other manufacturers?
 

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What about chapter 1? Comprehensive design evolution? alternative designs? competitive designs from other manufacturers?
The A4D was a sole-source procurement, so strictly speaking there were no competitive proposals. Chapter 1 does address its design evolution. Chapter 3 discusses a subsequent attempt by Grumman to replace the A4D with an F11F variant and BuAer's funding of an attack version of the FJ-4 as a production alternative when Douglas appeared to be non responsive to its concerns about A4D shortcomings. Chapter 7 describes the subsequent jet attack competition that resulted in the A-7 rather than a competing A-4 derivative.
 

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I noticed that this is a new revised second edition with additional content. What are the changes and new content for this edition ?
 

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I noticed that this is a new revised second edition with additional content. What are the changes and new content for this edition ?
I don't have the new edition, but I have the old one. Amazon says the new edition is 16 pages longer (288 to 272), but comparing the tables of contents I don't see it. Chapter 1 is two pages shorter in the new edition, Chapter 2 is two pages longer, Appendix 1 is in the text rather than an appendix in the old edition, and appendix 2, the glossary, and the index are each one page longer in the new edition, maybe because of a change in font size (they are pretty small in the old edition). Unless the new index is 14 pages longer, or Amazon has the wrong page count, I don't know where the extra pages come from.

I presume any changes are slight ones, and this is more a reprint than a significantly revised new edition. And given the prices the old ones were being listed at, that's not a surprise, there seems to be some demand for a new printing. I would have jumped on one a couple years ago.

This is just a guess on my part though, and an actual comparison from someone with access to both would be better.
 

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I noticed that this is a new revised second edition with additional content. What are the changes and new content for this edition ?
Since the author posts on this forum, hopefully he'll let us know.
 

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From the Author's own website, HERE . . .

"The first edition of Scooter! has been selling for silly prices on Amazon so Crécy decided to publish a second one. I've corrected typos and errors as well as added new illustrations and updated the sections on foreign military air forces and civil-registered Skyhawks. Also see HERE. For reviews of the first edition, click HERE. "

cheers,
Robin.
 
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